Children conceived using infertility treatment at no greater risk of developmental problems

“This is happy news to broadcast. Wanting children and considering infertility treatment causes concerns that, maybe, are not really a concern. Yeah for babies and for the parents who want them desperately. My heart goes out to them each and every one.” Bill Chesnut, MD

 Children conceived using infertility treatment at no greater risk of developmental problems, study suggests

Reuters (1/5, Doyle) reports that a new study conducted at the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development suggests that “children conceived with assisted reproductive technology have similar early childhood development as other children.” However, researchers found that those conceived using fertility treatments were more often born as twins or multiple births prompting lead author Edwina H. Yeung to encourage fertility specialist to use techniques that decrease the risk of multiple births.

HealthDay (1/5, Norton) reports that for the study, Yeung’s team “followed over 5,800 children born in New York state between 2008 and 2010,” including 1,830 children conceived using fertility treatments. Overall, the researchers found that those conceived using reproductive technology “were no more likely to show developmental delays at the age of 3 than their peers whose parents conceived naturally.” The findings were published in JAMA Pediatrics.

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